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Jim Waters: Right-to-Work Legislation in Kentucky

January 12, 2017

Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions president Jim Waters, discusses Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's (R) decision to make Kentucky the 27th state to approve right-to-work legislation.

In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway is joined by Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions president Jim Waters, talking about Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's (R) decision to make Kentucky the 27th state to approve right-to-work legislation. Waters explains why bringing worker freedom to the people of the Bluegrass State was historic, and how allowing workers to decide if they want to join a union—instead of forcing them to join unions against their will—benefits everyone... including unions!

Making the state more friendly towards business owners means more jobs, and more union jobs, Waters explains. Because union dues aren't being deducted from their paychecks against their will, workers are happier and more productive, Waters says, leading to more prosperity and more economic activity for everyone. Waters says forced-unionism states such as Ohio are being left behind, as business owners will begin to dismiss the forced-unionism states in favor of nearby right-to-work states, such as Indiana, Kentucky, or West Virginia.

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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute.
media@heartland.org @JesseinOH